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Season 1 Episode 855679

Wild Animals: Rite of Passage 

Aired Unknown Feb 25, 2009 on BBC
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Wild Animals: Rite of Passage 
The often perilous first steps in a young animal's life will form the basis of its understanding of the world. Although an elephant can survive over two weeks without water, elephant families annually trek for miles to return to watering holes, guided by their remarkable memory of previous journeys. Watch orangutans, the largest tree dwelling animals in the world, navigate treetops in their never-ending search for food. We think it is natural for apes to climb trees; but it takes a youngster a year to attempt its first solo climb. This is also the first step in a longer climb – towards independence. In this episode, see how a mother cheetah, the world's fastest sprinting mammal, teaches her cubs to master a kill. And observe young grisly bears climb through the snow to Arctic rivers in Alaska to fish for their first salmon.moreless

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